Things To Do in Toronto this Week: November 14th - 18th

The unofficial start to winter is here; we saw snow in Toronto this past weekend! Sure, it was only a few flakes, but it’s always magical to see it falling from the sky. Let’s take a look at some of the best things to do in Toronto this week, as we dive deeper into the holiday season!

Taste International Cuisine with ByBlacks Restaurant Week

ByBlacks encourages people to be intentional and purchase goods from black-owned establishments, and are celebrating ByBlacks Restaurant Week! With over 40+ participating restaurants offering prix-faire menus, restaurant goers can enjoy internationally-inspired cuisine at great value for a great cause! 

Where: various restaurants; visit their website for the full list!

When: Monday, November 14th to Sunday, November 20th.

Price: $-$$.

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Have a Taste of the High Life with St. Rémy’s Signature Cocktail Week

Enjoy the world’s leading French Brandy with St. Rémy’s Signature Cocktail Week! Hosted at a variety of venues including 1 Hotel Toronto, À Toi, Mahjong Bar, and more, guests can enjoy signature and creative cocktails made with premium liqueurs!

Where: various establishments; stay tuned to their Instagram

When: Monday, November 14th to Monday, November 21st.

Price: $$-$$$.

Visit their website for more information!

Get Bubbly with Clearsips at stackt market

One of the biggest names in the mocktail industry, Clearsips is a family-owned business dedicated to bringing Canadians sophisticated non-alcoholic drinks! They’ll be hosting complimentary tastings, and bringing their retail shop to the market with offerings such as hosting kits, gift sets, and much more!

Where: 28 Bathurst St. Toronto, ON, M5V 0R4

When: Tuesdays through Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from Tuesday, November 15th to Sunday, November 27th.

Price: it’s free!

Visit their website for more information!

Learn to Make Tortelli di Erbetta at Buono 

Head to Buono Roncy for a class on making Tortelli di Erbetta! You’ll prepare the traditional filling completely from scratch using fresh, high-quality ingredients, shape the tortelli, and bring whatever you make home! Plus, you’ll get to sample some of the Executive Chef’s tortellini!

Where: 413 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2N1

When: Wednesday, November 16th at 4:30 p.m.

Price: $$$.

Visit their website for more information!

Experience European Cinema with Ekran Polish Film Festival

The Ekran Polish Film Association presents the Ekran Polish Film Festival at the Revue Cinema! This festival was founded by a group of individuals who are passionate about showcasing new media arts and films with both a Polish and multicultural focus, and features more than 25 full-length and short films!

Where: 400 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON, M6R 2M9.

When: Wednesday, November 16th to Sunday, November 20th.

Price: $$-$$$.

Visit their website for more information!

Celebrate Fairmont Royal York’s Tree Lighting, Stay for a Drink at the Thirsty Elf

Join Fairmont Royal York for their Tree Lighting Ceremony! Join Santa Claus and the Candy Cane Carolers as their tree comes alive and their Festive Window is revealed! Not only that, but their famous holiday pop-up The Thirsty Elf will be opening the following day, featuring Christmas themed drinks including The Naughty List and Gin-gle all the Way (remember that Arnold Schwarzenegger film? Good times!)

Where: 100 Front St W, Toronto, ON, M5J 1E3.

When: Wednesday, November 16th at 5:00 p.m. & Thursday, November 17th.

Price: $$-$$$.

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Make Your Way to the Distillery District for their Tree Lighting Ceremony

Toronto’s most charming holiday market is back and is kicking off with the Winter Village Tree Lighting Ceremony! Make your way to the Distillery District for the tree lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m.! Then come back for the 65+ local merchants, restaurants, and cafés that are part of their Winter Village!

Where: 55 Mill St, Toronto, ON, M5A 3C4.

When: Thursday, November 17th at 5:00 p.m.

Price: $-$$.

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Celebrate a New Holiday Tradition with Merry Merry Music at CF Eaton Centre

In lieu of a Christmas Tree (due to venue construction), the Eaton Centre will be hosting a Merry Merry Music free concert series this Holiday season! Hosted by global musical artist Kardinal Offishall, this celebration will feature live performances by JUNO Award winners Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk, the Toronto-based singing group Choir! Choir!, and a special surprise for attendees!

Where: 220 Yonge St, Toronto, ON, M5B 2H1.

When: Thursday, November 17th at 5:00 p.m.

Price: it’s free!

Visit their website for more information!

Wine and Dine at Mercato d’Inverno: Eataly’s Winter Market

From November 17 to 20, Eataly is kicking off the most festive season of the year with Mercato d’Inverno, their weekend winter market! Events include Taste of the Holidays, where you can follow their holiday trail to enjoy 10 different authentic Italian bites, and compliment it with a festive holiday beverage!

Where: 55 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, M4W 1A6.

When: Thursday, November 17th to Sunday, November 20th.

Price: $$.

Visit their website for more information!

Laugh with Legends at O Christmas Tea at the Meridian Arts Centre

James & Jamesy, London’s 3-time Impresario Award-winning duo, invite you to O Christmas Tea! This is an outrageously funny and brilliantly inventive show reminiscent of classic British pantos, ripe with wordplay, comic physicality, and cleverly crafted interactive elements!

Where: 5040 Yonge St, North York, ON, M2N 6R8.

When: Thursday, November 17th at 7:30 p.m.

Price: $$-$$$.

Visit their website for more information!

Celebrate A Vintage Christmas at the Waterloo Central Railway

The Spirit of the Rails comes to life this holiday season at the Waterloo Central Railway! Hop aboard the Heritage Christmas Train and take a trip back in time on "A Vintage Christmas Adventure" where all your favourite toys and Christmas characters come to life!

Where: 878 Weber St N, Woolwich, ON, N2J 4A9.

When: Thursday, November 17th to Friday, December 23rd.

Price: $$.

Visit their website for more information!

Enjoy Winterfest at Canada’s Wonderland

Make your way to Winterfest, the holiday festival hosted by Canada’s Wonderland! The event features skating on Snow Flake Lake, live performances, millions of spectacular lights, and beautiful Christmas trees throughout the park! 

Where: 1 Canada's Wonderland Drive, Vaughan, ON, L6A 1S6.

When: Open Friday to Sunday from November 18th to December 31st

Price: $$$.

Visit their website for more information!

Head to Holiday Hills, a Winter Festival at stackt market

Get ready for 6 months of holiday feels in the heart of the city with stackt! They’ve got everything you need to celebrate the holiday season: a ferris wheel, immersive photo experiences, Unbounded Well (Toronto's first and only outdoor Wellness Playground!), a Crokicurl rink (a blend of the Canadian classic game curling and Crokinole), and so much more! You’ll never run out of things to do at Holiday Hills!

Where: 28 Bathurst St. Toronto, ON, M5V 0R4

When: Friday, November 18th to Saturday, December 31st.

Price: it’s free!

Visit their website for more information!

Drink and be Merry at Miracle on Bloor St.

Grab a drink for a good cause at Miracle on Bloor St.; $1 of every drink sold is donated to Nellie's Shelter, an organization providing shelter, education, and advocacy for women and children in the GTA! This holiday “fever dream” bar has a menu full of whimsical, Christmas-themed cocktails!

Where: 875 Bloor St W Second Floor, Toronto, ON M6G 1M4

When: Friday, November 18th to Saturday, December 31st.

Price: $$.

Visit their website for more information!

Witness the Holiday Magic at Blue Mountain Resort

Blue Mountain Resort’s festive event, Holiday Magic, starts this Friday! Experience the Village draped in decorations and illuminated from head to toe in the most stunning holiday lights, and they’re kicking things off with a stop from the Coca-Cola Holiday Truck Tour, where you can get a photo with Santa!

Where: 190 Gord Canning Dr, The Blue Mountains, ON, L9Y 1C2.

When: Friday, November 18th to Saturday, January 8th.

Price: $$$.

Visit their website for more information!

Illuminate a Winter Wonderland at Leslieville Wanderlust

For the 16th year, Leslie Grove Park will come alive for Leslieville Wanderlust! The streets will be lit up with a beautiful Christmas tree, various holiday activities, live entertainment, a Winter Village with snacks and treats, and much more!

Where: 1158 Queen St E, Toronto, ON, M4M 1L2.

When: Friday, November 18th at 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 19th at 11:00 a.m.

Price: it’s free!

Visit their website for more information!

Ongoing Events

Experience Foreign Cinema at the Reel Asian International Film Festival

Founded in 1997 by producer Anita Lee and journalist Andrew Sun, the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema! Works include films and videos by Asian-identifying artists in Canada, the U.S., Asia, and all over the world!

Where: various venues; click here for the full list!

When: Until Sunday, November 20th.

Price: $$.

Visit their website for more information!

Drive the Canadian Tire Christmas Trail at the Black Creek Pioneer Village

In celebration of Canadian Tire's 100th birthday, the Canadian Tire Christmas Trail is back to make this the Christmas of the century! The drive-along experience takes guests on an enchanted 1.5-kilometre journey through thousands of twinkling lights, interactive displays, and live entertainment!

Where: 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy, Toronto, ON M3J 2P3

When: Until Friday, December 23rd.

Price: $$.

Visit their website for more information!

Light Up the Night at the Winter Festival of Lights 

The Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights, the premiere illumination festival in North America, is back for its 40th anniversary! Walk through a magical Winter wonderland with multiple different sections including the Enchanted Forest, Frosted Falls, Royal Promenade, and more!

Where: 6815 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls, ON, L2G 3Y9.

When: Until Monday, February 20th.

Price: it’s free!

Visit their website for more information!

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